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Helicopter safari, Botswana Safari, Helicopter Horizon

Okavango Delta Helicopter Safari

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

$6,604 ex. flights

Suitable for

Photographers

Take to the skies to appreciate the magnificent natural phenomenon that is the Okavango Delta. Hover over these vast grasslands, flood plains and hidden lagoons, spotting the animal and bird life below.

Stay at a pair of beautiful tented camps, taking advantage of the land and water-based activities on offer.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

View from above, helicopter, safari, Botswana Safari, Helicopter Horizon 1

Bird's-Eye View

Admire the Okavango and its famous inhabitants from a unique aerial perspective.

Traditional Mokoro, Okavango Delta, Botswana 2

Mokoro Safari

Explore the delta by mokoro and motorboat; spot wildlife amidst this network of waterways.

Heron fishing, Okavango Delta, Botswana 3

Kanana Heronry

Visit one of the delta’s largest heronries, where numerous waterbirds flock to nest and raise their young.

Photography from helicopter, Botswana Safari, Helicopter Horizon 4

Aerial Photography

Fly with the doors off for unhindered views of the landscape below – perfect for photography

Why we like it

The vastness of the Okavango Delta means that its scale can only truly be appreciated from the air. With this safari, you get the best of both worlds: a fantastic bird’s eye view of one of Africa’s last great wildernesses alongside brilliant on-the-ground activities that allow for up-close wildlife encounters.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Maun - Okavango Delta
  • Day 2
    Okavango Delta
  • Day 3
    Okavango Delta
  • Day 4
    Okavango Delta
  • Day 5
    Okavango Delta
  • Day 6
    Okavango Delta
  • Day 7
    Okavango Delta - Maun
Helicopter, Heli safari, Botswana Safari, Helicopter Horizon
Botswana

Take to the Skies

This exceptional trip goes to the heart of the action and gives a sensational perspective of the Okavango Delta by taking to the air in a private helicopter. From the air, the sheer scale of the floodplains is magnificent and areas inaccessible by land are fully exposed. With the option of taking the side doors off the helicopter, this trip is perfect for photographers wanting aerial shots or for lovers of wildlife and wild places wanting an exhilarating experience.

Buffalo herd, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Land and Water

Rather than replacing traditional land and water-based activities, a helicopter safari like this simply adds an extra dimension. At both camps, you have the option to explore by boat and 4×4, accompanied by expert guides. Encounter lions, elephants, leopards and buffaloes, as well as antelope species such as lechwe, which thrive in this watery landscape.

And at Kanana, visit the seasonal heronry, which is the largest in Southern Africa. Between July and December, this breeding ground is alive with birds, including pink-backed pelicans, yellow-billed and marabou storks, grey herons, ibises and egrets.

 

Lion and helicopter, Botswana Safari, Helicopter Horizon
Botswana

Safety First

Our partners are a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) certified and pride themselves on adhering to a level of safety that exceeds the regulatory requirements. Flights are operated in the safest and most reliable helicopter in the world, the Bell Jet Ranger, and are fully equipped for bush operations. Highly qualified pilots ensure safety and comfort, whilst also knowing where to find the best of the delta’s wildlife.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kanana Camp £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Kanana is a hidden jewel set on the Xudum River in the southwest Okavango. This truly authentic little camp is one of our favourites and the area is a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals.

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Shinde Camp £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

A land and water-based camp, Shinde is located on a private concession in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta on a lush palm island. Nestled on the edge of Shinde Lagoon amongst shady trees, this well-established camp is surrounded by permanent water.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $6,604 Per person

When to travel

Botswana in January

A hot time of year, with thunderstorms periodically clearing the air. The peak of the wet season brings lush grass and the chance to spot newborn animals and birds.

Botswana in February

It remains hot and wet throughout the country, with the Central Kalahari turning into lush grasslands. Fruit sweetens and many different species scour the trees for a tasty meal.

Botswana in March

The high temperatures continue but the rains start to abate as the rainy season draws to a close.

Botswana in April

Temperatures start to drop, and days become drier. Antelope are breeding at this time, and are visible trying to flaunt themselves to their respective females.

Botswana in May

The start of the dry season. A good time of year to travel with pleasant temperatures, before the peak season.

Botswana in June

The winter brings warm days but chillier nights, so it is worth bringing a jacket. There is very little rainfall now, so wildlife is easier to spot around watering holes.

Botswana in July

The driest and coolest month across the country, with almost no rainfall at all. The waters of the Okavango rise as the rains finally filter down from the mountains of Angola. The aridity means that there are fewer mosquitoes at this time of year.

Botswana in August

Temperatures rise again, meaning less chilly nights and hot days, still with very little rainfall. A great time to spot wildlife in the Okavango delta as the waters reach peak levels.

Botswana in September

Continued rising temperatures and clear blue skies make for hot days and pleasantly warm evenings. Much of the country becomes dry and dusty as it has now been many months since any significant rains. Wildlife can be spotted easily around receding watering holes.

Botswana in October

The hottest month with some temperatures close to 40C, and the first signs of rain approaching. Water levels fall in the Okavango delta, causing catfish to migrate upstream, feeding on smaller fish along the way.

Botswana in November

The heat continues, as the rainy season begins. Greenery starts to return to the plains, and it is possible to spot some newborns.

Botswana in December

The rains return in full swing, with regular thunderstorms providing some relief from the heat. Grass carpets many of the landscapes, providing plenty of food for the young.

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